Introduction - Annual Report 2004

In 1984, Cisco Systems started a communications revolution
By connecting two disparate networks with a router, Cisco enabled computers to share data as never before. Today, networks are much more than routers, and networks do much more than share data.

Since the company’s inception, Cisco engineers have led in the innovation of Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking technologies. Over the past 20 years, we’ve added switches and hubs, gateways and firewalls, telephones and wireless cards. We’ve joined voice and data on the same network. We’ve taken networks into people’s homes. We’ve built networks for the smallest start-ups and the largest multinationals. We’ve made networks that are designed to defend themselves against security threats. We’ve delivered networks that don’t use wires. We’ve combined software and hardware, expertise and experience. We’ve made networks smarter, bigger, and faster. We’ve evolved the network to the network of networks.

And we’re not done innovating. Even as we celebrate 20 years of innovation, we’re busy today building the networks of tomorrow. Networks that are changing the way we work, live, play, and learn.